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ORAL HISTORY RECORDING 

Quogue Library Oral History Recording Program 

In Cooperation With New York Heritage Digital Collections

Beginning in 2023, Quogue Library will launch an oral history recording program in cooperation with New York Heritage Digital Collections and Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC). 

 

Oral histories are audio interviews with people who share their stories and experiences on a topic with an interviewer which is recorded and stored in a repository. The audio files and accompanying data are made available publicly for posterity such that historians, scholars and researchers may access them. These recorded interviews can serve as valuable primary source material for historians, documenting first-person narratives from regular citizens.

 

Initially, participation in Quogue Library’s oral history recording program will be limited to invite-only interviews of Quogue residents who will be identified and selected by library staff. However, a waiting list will be shared online that will allow interested parties to sign up to be notified when the program is opened up to allow more interviews. Candidates will be asked to book a session in the library’s Innovation Lab with a technology consultant who will perform the recorded interview.

 

All participants will be asked to sign a standard release document conferring legal copyright to Quogue Library and permissions to publish the digital files both to the library and to New York Heritage website. Signed copies of the release should be submitted to the library before the interview appointment. 

 

Download a PDF of the standard release document 

 

Access examples of audio oral histories from Montauk Public Library on the New York Heritage Digital Collections website

 

Access the online form to be placed on a waiting list for potential interviewees from the Quogue community

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